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way, after last night, i want a man who had the good sense to marry michelle obama. >> he then turned his sights to mitt romney and paul ryan. >> he summed up republican arguments against president obama this way. >> we left him a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up fast enough. so far he put us back in. >> he said romney's plan to cut the deficit with a $5 trillion tax cut doesn't add up. >> it's arithmetic. we simply cannot afford to give the reins of government to someone who will double down on trickle down. >> president clinton's speech electrified the crowd. >> he was absolutely bill clinton. >> crews were supposed to be breaking down this stage and setting up at the outdoor bank of america stadium but the threat of severe weather forced convention organizers to hold president obama's acceptance speech here. >> oh, my god, you don't know how many disappointed people there are. >> the change of venue means thousands won't be able to attend. >> that is a shame. a lot of people came a long way to see him speak. that's the weather. >> as the president prepares for his speech, there'
, democrats hope to draw a sharp contrast with republicans. but tonight, first lady michelle obama will try to get her party back on message after they bungled a very simple question. susan mcginnis is at the convention center this morning. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, good morning, terrell. yeah, michelle obama was here yesterday doing an informal rehearsal, a warm-up for tonight, when she will address millions of americans, and democrats hope, help convince them that they are better off than four years ago. the stage has been built, the party platform released, and democrats are ready to kick off their 2012 convention. >> this has been such a historic time, i couldn't imagine not coming. >> reporter: but as the festivities begin, republicans won't let go of the question, are americans better off than they were four years ago? >> the president can say a lot of things, and he will, but he can't tell you that you're better off. >> reporter: the obama team opened the door to the attacks when some, including maryland governor martin o'malley, had trouble answering the question.
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